JFA fires embattled manager Aguirre

Soccer / J. League Feb 3, 2015

JFA fires embattled manager Aguirre

by Andrew McKirdy

Javier Aguirre was fired as Japan's national team manager on Tuesday after a match-fixing case naming him as a defendant was accepted by a Spanish court. The Japan Football Association dismissed Aguirre, who had only been in the job since August, after judging that the ...

Zaccheroni left with regrets

Soccer / World Cup Jun 25, 2014

Zaccheroni left with regrets

by Gus Fielding

Coach Alberto Zaccheroni conceded he must share the blame for Japan's failure to make their mark at the two most important competitions of his four-year tenure after the Samurai Blue were dumped out of the World Cup in the first round on Tuesday. Zaccheroni, who ...

Kagawa accepts fate

Soccer / World Cup Jun 21, 2014

Kagawa accepts fate

by Gus Fielding

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has admitted he deserved to start on the bench in Thursday's 0-0 draw against Greece after struggling in Japan's opening game at the World Cup. Although coach Alberto Zaccheroni told reporters after the Greece match that his decision to start ...

Zaccheroni wants no fear

Soccer / World Cup Jun 14, 2014

Zaccheroni wants no fear

by Gus Fielding

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni says his Blue Samurai must not approach Saturday's World Cup opener against Cote d'Ivoire fearing defeat, and pointed to Spain's World Cup win four years ago as proof that losing the first match does not mean the end of the ...